knitting

Kitchener Stitch is a method of grafting two separate pieces of knitting so that they are seamlessly connected by a row of stitches that you’ve created as you join the two pieces together as one. Laura Nelkin shows you how in this clear visual tutorial.

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Knitting 24/7: 30 Projects to Knit, Wear, and Enjoy, On the Go and Around the Clock Véronik Avery. STC Craft, 2010.

Being a fairly new convert to knitting, and a fairly addicted convert at that, I can understand the feeling of wanting to pick up a knitting project and pick off a few rows wherever I can. In the car, before breakfast, waiting for the kettle to boil (and then forgetting that the kettle has boiled and having to boil it again when an hour has slipped by on the needles without me noticing…).

Véronik Avery, prolific knitting designer and author, has created a book full of projects that are mostly portable, quick to make up, and can easily satisfy a knitters yen to knit a bit wherever she or he may be. The projects include hats, bags, mittens, gloves, socks, scarves, slippers, a headband, bookmark, vests and a few sweaters. I am looking forward to knitting the Lacy Cable Socks, the Fleur De Lys Hat and the Ostrich Plumes
Stole. Like other STC knitting books I have seen, this book contains classic knitting designs. There is a techniques section, but it is not as helpful as it could be for beginners or those learning techniques, being only text with few diagrams.


Reviewed by: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.

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knit for baby

by kath_red on August 2, 2010

in Whip-Up

So you are expecting a baby or know someone who is – here is a collection of baby sweater patterns that I think are lovely and you might want to get out your needles for. The lovely thing about knitting for babies/toddlers is that it doesn’t take very long to finish – such tiny things that knit up quickly.

Classic pullover sweaters


Latte Baby Sweater by Liselotte Weller [see image above] (pattern in danish – use google translate)
Rudyard baby sweater by Malin Nilsson
Pisara-pusero by Kristel Nyberg (pattern in Finnish)
Organic guernsey
Child’s Placket-Neck Pullover by Joelle Hoverson (ravelry download)
Childhood remake sweater by Anna & Heidi Pickles
Cirrus by Katie Hanrott
Double Scoop by Gail Pfeifle
Hug Me Pullover by Debbie Stoller
Boys Can Wear Pink by Kate Oates

Vests

Vintage newborn vest [above image by Kai on ravelry]
Double breasted baby vest
Summer vest by Pickles
Vesterday by Elinor Brown
Playground Shirt (Unisex) by Anadiomena
toddler t-shirt vest by sam lamb (and the baby version)
Baby professor vest
Owl Baby Vest by Jodi Haraldson (ravelry download)
Nipper Baby Vest by Wendy Poush
Baby Vest Garter Ridges by Suzetta Williams WW Vest by Kimberly Turnbow
Pembroke Vest by Kirsten Kapur
Autumn leaves vest by Anna & Heidi Pickles

Kimono style

Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli (ravelry download) [image above]
Offset Wraplan by Sara Morris (ravelry download)
Baby Sachiko Kimono Sweater by Erika Flory (ravelry link)
Nature Baby Kimono by Lionbrand (need free membership to view)
Clementine’s Baby Kimono by Diana Jones (ravelry link) (or scroll down the sidebar for the pattern on Clementine blog)
Kalari Baby Jacket by Kim Guzman
Bulky Seamless Baby Kimono by Jacki Kelly
Origami Baby Kimono by Bonnie Franz (part of the Part of the free 7-pattern baby ebook at knitting daily)

Jackets and cardigans

Soft N Seamless Baby Sweater by Lynda Ward (ravelry link) [image by quirky knitter on ravelry]
Classic vintage pattern to make a cardigan/sweater
ribbed baby jacket by Debbie Bliss
Baby sophisticate cardigan will a roll collar
Garter yoke baby cardigan by Jennifer Hoel
Seed Stitch Baby Jacket by Elinor Brown
Vintage pattern for a One Skein Hooded Baby Sweater
Baby Bunting Sweater by Linden Heflin
Mossy Jacket by Fawn Pea
Little Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith
Cardigan for Merry adapted by annypurls
Snug by Hinke (ravelry download)
Lilla koftan by Petra Orrbeck (pattern in Swedish)

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Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi By Anna Hrachovec, Watson-Guptill Publications, 2010.

Normally when it comes to writing, I figure I am pretty handy with the English language. Grown up words can flow onto the screen fairly smoothly. I have to use one of my favourite grown up words, onomatopoeia (the formation or use of words that imitate the sound associated with something, e.g. ‘hiss’ and ‘buzz’) to describe my reaction to Knitting Mochimochi. When I review books, I try to be analytical and constructive, and a bit witty if I can. When I first saw Knitting Mochimochi, all that I could say was “squee!”, a high pitched “awwwww!” and that chubby cheek kind of noise that people make when they squoosh the cheeks of a gorgeous baby, a bit like “woodgewoodgewoodge”.

The title of this book, Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi, isn’t kidding. These designs are super cute. And creative. And witty. In my ongoing and failing attempt to declutter my house and life, there isn’t much room for whimsy, but the projects in this book have set me back even further. How can I not want to make a Grumpy Couch? Or a teensy tiny set of Human Beans, and minute Hamsters? And please don’t make me justify why I am going to make a knitted petite Pencil, firstly because I have no reasons, only those high pitched sqee type noises, and secondly because once you see this project and all the rest of the book, you will know, and I challenge anyone not to want to make one for yourself.

Strange is also a good descriptor for some of these projects, but in a Wow I Never Would Have Thought Of Knitting Pollution And Making It Look Cute kind of way. Squirrels with wheels instead of feet makes me imagine a knitted Squirrel Roller Derby League, and Pigs with interchangeable wigs makes me imagine porcine Motown music (with a piggy trio of do wap girls behind), or wigged pigs swanning around amongst the 18th century French aristocracy.

If you are like certain people I know who buy books that are clever and fantastic to look at, even if you don’t know how to do the craft that the book is about, but it doesn’t matter since you love the projects so hard, then this book is full of bonus for you. If you are in love and can’t help making noises when you see these projects, but can’t knit a stitch, then know that the author, Anna Hrachovec, has included a very clear to read, clear to follow section on materials, yarn, tools, gauge, the basics and tricky bits of knitting, stuffing, sewing up and embellishing. She even demystified the marvel that is the Magic Loop method in a way that nobody else ever has for me. Cheers! She also understands that some of us might not keep all the cuteness for ourselves, and has written about childproofing and cleaning the toys.

But there is even more to love about this book. Not only has Anna Hrachovec provided us with patterns for gorgeous little strange little thingies to knit, she understands the offbeat creative urge, and has written a section on designing your own knitted toys including diagrams and instructions on making different shapes. If I didn’t love her and this book in every way before I got to the design section, then this would have clinched it for me.

So if cute things, knitted things, good looking books, books with great technique sections, or creativity get you going, go and check out Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi. If you can’t find it in your bookstore, just listen out for the sound of “Sqee!”. Someone will have found it.

The publisher is kindly donating a copy of Knitting Mochmochi to one whipup reader – so please leave a comment in the next 48 hours [now closed winner will be notified] telling us the craziest, funniest and impractical thing you have ever made.


Reviewed by: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband.

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Positive Pouches by Piccino Luna – crafts – super cute and easy to whip up knit pouches.

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